Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre (TFNC)
Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre (TFNC) is the source of the Government’s policy of first phase of dealing with the problem of malnutrition in the country. Following the introduction of the 1967 Arusha Declaration attitude was to strengthen social services, particularly in rural areas. In 1968 former President the late Mwalimu J. K. Nyerere repeated emphasis on the importance of nutrition in the development of people and the nation as a whole. That was a major impetus in the fight against malnutrition in the country. The Ministry of Health has already had a nutrition unit. Ministry of Agriculture and Education have introduced their units’ nutrition. By the year 1969, 27 districts in 16 regions were initiated its units nutrition.
In such a situation the confusion had begun to emerge from a different perspective and were busy nutrition are established. Happened to the idea of one institution was completely contrary to the idea of other institutions.
There need to be a lender to coordinate nutrition activities emerged. Communications with various stakeholders were carried out. Finally, with the help of the Swedish Development Agency (SIDA), the Food and Nutrition Tanzania was formed. This organization was to be “field-oriented institution”, – the organization coordinating nutrition activities in the country, which would work shoulder to shoulder with extension workers on the one hand, and academic leaders on the other.
Organization officially established by an Act of Parliament and. 24 (Tanzania Food and Nutrition Act) of 1973 and approved by the President on December 6, 1973. The Food and Nutrition organization was changed that right now renamed the Institute for Food and Nutrition Tanzania has 38 years old. Moreover this law was amended in 1995 (Act No. 3 of 1995).
The Institute started with three employees who are Managing director, one secretary and one worker. Currently the Institute has a total of 138 workers with various disciplines including the fields of medicine, agriculture, economics and planning, statistics, food science, nutrition, sociology, technicians and proper accounting.
Throughout its history, the Institute has gained fortunate to have leaders who have also been national leaders, for example, the first Chairman of the Board of the Institute is the former President of the Government of the Second Excellency Ali Hassan Mwinyi. Other leaders who directs the Institute in the Position of Chair of the Board is the late Dr. Leader Stirling, late Dereck Bryceson and the late Austin Shaba.
Since its inception, the Institute has gone under the supervision of various ministries. Commenced under the supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture, then to the Office of the Prime Minister and finally the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to whom, when so far.
Formulate, initiate and promote development policies and plans regulations and legislation for improvement of nutritional status of Tanzania community.
Promote nutrition of the socio-economical deprived and nutritionally vulnerable groups.
Promote community participation in managing and controlling nutritional problems in the country.
Promote applied and basic nutrition and research.
Promote private sector involvement in nutrition intervention.
Role of Institution
The institute has many functions that can be grouped into the following components:
Planning, coordinating and implementing food and nutrition programs for the benefit of the citizens of Tanzania.
Provide education, training and nutritional guidelines at all levels. Also incorporate nutrition into the curriculum in schools and colleges.
Conducting research aimed to identify nutritional problems and how to solve them.
Encourage public and create awareness of good nutrition and the effects of malnutrition.
Advise the government, training institutions and other institutions in terms of food and nutrition. Briefly Institute is responsible for conducting research, providing education and training and provides advice on issues of food and nutrition in the country. Other responsibilities are to coordinate, stimulate and inspire the community about food and nutrition issues.
Scaling up of nutrition services in the country and around the world (Scaling Up Nutrition-SUN Movement).See more